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Opportunity to Provide Input on Washington State Recreation Planning

Posted: 11/05/2021
By: Thomas O'Keefe

Every 5 years Washington State updates their State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP). All states must have such a plan that is required to receive federal recreation dollars from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The process is currently underway to update Washington State's SCORP for 2023-2027. This plan provides strategic direction for how local, regional, state, and federal agencies, together with tribal governments, and private and non-profit partners, can assure the effective and adequate provision of outdoor recreation and conservation to meet the needs of Washington State residents.


The SCORP establishes recreation priorities and provides a foundation that guides decisions on how to invest state and federal funds on outdoor recreation. The SCORP is directly relevant to American Whitewater's work to protect and conserve Washington's rivers and to enhance opportunities to enjoy them. Projects and the funding to support them like conservation of forests along the White Salmon River, improved access on the Middle Fork Snoqualmie, formalizing access at milepost 27 on the North Fork Nooksack, and many others trace back to the priorities defined in the SCORP. 


Currently the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office is conducting a qualitative user survey and soliciting public input as they revise and update the SCORP for 2023-2027. In addition you can submit a photo of a special place and a short description of what makes it special. Input from the whitewater paddling community will demonstrate our community's interest in river access and conservation and help American Whitewater to be more effective in advocating for our community's interests in statewide recreation planning.


Take a Survey


Map Your Favorite Place (upload a photo and 1000 character description)


More Information:


Washington State SCORP Update website:


SCORP library for all 50 states, if you are not from Washington but want to learn more about the priorities of your state:

Thomas O'Keefe

3537 NE 87th St.

Seattle, WA 98115

Phone: 425-417-9012
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